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In these writings, Jean shares the joy of discovering an isolated tea estate, the warmth of laughter shared with new acquaintances, and the musings that come only from enjoying a trusted tea with old friends.

Most of all, he shares his love of people and of rural China.

The Tea Industry Twitterati

Welcome to the Tea Twitterati 100. Wild & Bare Co. is pleased to host this listing of the 100 most active tea industry social media users. The digital shrinking of the world has made it possible for tea connoisseurs and industry people to stay connected—and here are 100 excellent connections.

Twitter is tea-friendly for drinkers and producers alike. It turns out that 140 characters is just the right number to tweet good news of an especially fine tea harvest, or to break the news about another health benefit for tea-drinkers. Or you can just tweet your followers about the delightful tea social at your place last night—sort of a public service message.

To compile this list of industry Twitter users, Wild & Bare culled online “tea” sites. The listed 100 are the ones most connected to their tea-loving peers. They are the ones that most regularly tweet their followers and stay in touch with the tea community. The listing is extremely useful to devotees of the camellia sinensis plant.

We hope you will consult the Top 100 list to stay on top of tea news. The listing will be systematically updated to ensure it doesn’t become stale. After all, no one likes stale tea, or stale tea twitterati.

W&B is dedicated to spreading the word—via Twitter and other social media—about the joys that come from sipping exquisite artisan Chinese teas. We trade only in superior tea products and refuse to short-change either our customers or our growers. Fair trade and full value are our benchmarks as a tea industry member.

Want to follow us? Check our tweets for the latest blog postings by Wild & Bare Co. founder Jean Alberti at wildandbare.com

Happy tweeting.

Sr. No. Logo Name Twitter Profile
#1) TeaJay @TeaJayTweet
#2) ESPemporium @ESPemporium
#3) TEAVANA @TEAVANA
#4) DAVIDsTEA @DAVIDsTEA
#5) Davinitea @Davinitea
#6) Slig @sliggitay
#7) Moonleaf Tea Shop @Moonleaf
#8) Afternoon Tea @Afternoon Tea
#9) Honest Tea @Honest Tea
#10) Peet’s Coffee & Tea @Peet's Coffee
#11) Caffeine Zone @Caffeine Zone
#12) AdagioTeas @AdagioTeas
#13) Bubbmix @Bubbmix
#14) GREENBOAR @GREENBOAR
#15) Bloom Teas London @Bloom Teas London
#16) Dragon Pearl Tea @Dragon Pearl Tea
#17) Foreign Tea @Foreign Tea
#18) Nü Green Tea @Nü Green Tea
#19) Immortalitea @Immortalitea
#20) Hawaiian OLA @Hawaiian OLA
#21) teapigs @teapigs
#22) shopemporium @shopemporium
#23) Strange Brew Coffee! @Strange Brew Coffee!
#24) Bigelow Tea @Bigelow Tea
#25) Samovar Tea Lounge @Samovar Tea Lounge
#26) ITO_EN @ITO_EN
#27) Mighty Leaf @Mighty Leaf
#28) Stash Tea @Stash Tea
#29) Art of Tea @Art of Tea
#30) 52teas @52teas
#31) EBOOST @EBOOST
#32) Nestea Indonesia @Nestea Indonesia
#33) Rishi Tea @Rishi Tea
#34) Chronic Ice Tea @Chronic Ice Tea
#35) Coffee Couture @Coffee Couture
#36) WildandBare @WildandBare
#37) Coffee & Tea Fest @Coffee & Tea Fest
#38) Rize Energy @Rize Energy
#39) Tea Review Blog @Tea Review Blog
#40) Cafe Steep @Cafe Steep
#41) Tea Lovers @Tea Lovers
#42) Camellia Teas @Camellia Teas
#43) Grounds 4 Hope @Grounds 4 Hope
#44) World Tea Media @World Tea Media
#45) High Tea Society @High Tea Society
#46) James Pham @James Pham
#47) Devonshire Tea @Devonshire Tea
#48) The Exotic Teapot @The Exotic Teapot
#49) Numi Organic Tea @Numi Organic Tea
#50) Clipper Green Tea @Clipper Green Tea
#51) Tea Connection @Tea Connection
#52) Brew Tea Co @Brew Tea Co
#53) Team Oo @Team Oo
#54) Lahloo Tea @Lahloo Tea
#55) Calais Tea @Calais Tea
#56) Zen Tara Tea @Zen Tara Tea
#57) Tea Garden @Tea Garden
#58) Argo Tea @Argo Tea
#59) Erin's Tea @Erin's Tea
#60) mama_tea @mama_tea
#61) McKenna's Tea Cottge @McKenna's Tea Cottge
#62) Té House of Tea @Té House of Tea
#63) My Tea Belly @My Tea Belly
#64) Premier Ketones. @Premier Ketones.
#65) Mendo Maté @Mendo Maté
#66) TEA & TEA @TEA & TEA
#67) eteaket tea boutique @eteaket tea boutique
#68) Jhen Tea @Jhen Tea
#69) Lipton Ice Tea @Lipton Ice Tea
#70) Townshend's Tea @Townshend's Tea
#71) Folks Coffee Tea @Folks Coffee Tea
#72) WeAreTea @WeAreTea
#73) Eat Green Tea @Eat Green Tea
#74) Tetley Tea @Tetley Tea
#75) TavalonTea @TavalonTea
#76) Tea Forte @Tea Forte
#77) tea4skin @tea4skin
#78) JINGTea @JINGTea
#79) Tea Box @Tea Box
#80) paulgerst @paulgerst
#81) Rooibee RedTea @Rooibee RedTea
#82) ZhiTea @ZhiTea
#83) grenx @grenx
#84) Bhakti Chai @Bhakti Chai
#85) two leaves tea @two leaves tea
#86) Crazy Bitch Tea @Crazy Bitch Tea
#87) Gypsy Tea @Gypsy Tea
#88) The_TeaShed @The_TeaShed
#89) Allegro Coffee @Allegro Coffee
#90) Teas Etc @Teas Etc
#91) cantontea @cantonteaa
#92) baxter tea @baxter tea
#93) Steenbergs @Steenbergs
#94) StormTea @StormTea
#95) salada tea @salada tea
#96) PortsmouthTea @PortsmouthTea
#97) Koyu Matcha @Koyu Matcha
#98) Tea Gallerie @Tea Gallerie
#99) BostonTeaCo @BostonTeaCo
#100 Meghan Mercier @thelooseleaf
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Oolong Tea a Delightful Way to Fight Obesity

Obesity is a worldwide problem and the number of obese people has risen significantly over the last two decades. A relatively few extra pounds on the human body can weaken its resistance to minor illnesses and life-threatening diseases. An overweight person is a better host for heart disease and high blood pressure, and is more likely to experience high cholesterol, diabetes, and similar health problems.

Are you or people you care about looking for ways to be rid of the bulge around the middle? When other remedies have failed, you might try forming a simple, new habit: drink pure, organic oolong tea.

Oolong tea is made from the camellia sinensis plant like other teas, but oolong has qualities that increase metabolism and the fat oxidation rate. This enhances weight loss. Organic oolong tea lies somewhere between black and green tea in its processing, and is a great addition to an overall weight loss routine.

Optimum consumption of the tea for weight loss depends on individual routines, but there is no question it works: The weight loss benefits of Chinese oolong tea are scientifically proven. Oolong is an affordable tea readily available in wholesale oolong tea shops and online specialty tea outlets.

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Keemun Black Tea – Chinas Famous Tea

Commonly known as red tea in China, black tea is the most renowned tea worldwide. To bring out its deep fragrance and taste, Chinese black tea requires complete oxidation.  Considered China's most famed tea, Keemun is an organic black tea with hints of wine and fruit. This tea is known as the "Queen of Fragrance" and the "Burgundy of Black Teas' and is infused with the character of smooth honey.

The History…

Keemun tea was produced for the first time in 1875 by Yu Qianchen, a bureaucrat in Anhui. He greatly influenced subsequent patterns of tea consumption in Europe, increasing the popularity of black tea over green tea. Gradually,black tea was adopted by tea estates in Darjeeling.

The Taste and Aroma…

A tempting blend of fruit, honey and flowers, Keemun exudes an elite aroma and is perfect to drink at any time of day. This Chinese black tea delivers a rich, brown, almost nutty and lightly scented brew. The delightful drink is not spoiled with the addition of a little milk. For several reasons, Keemun should not be overlooked by serious tea connoisseurs.

The Types of Keemun Wholesale Black Tea…

  • Keemun Gongfu or Congou - Thin, tight strips harvested without breaking the leaves
  • Keemun Mao Feng - Slightly twisted leaf buds
  • Keemun Xin Ya - The early bud variety, a less bitter drink
  • Keemun Hao Ya - Fine buds, graded into A and B, with A the better grade
  • Hubei Keemun - Said to have similar qualities to Anhui Keemun

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The Bai Tea Culture

Every year we create a special Chinese New Year's card that captures the spirit of Wild & Bare Co.

The image of a Bai woman on this year's card was taken during our trip to the old city of Dali in China's Yunnan Province.

The Bai Ethnic Minority are skilled in everything from agriculture to architecture, but they are famed for their hospitality.

During holidays, the Bai treat honored guests to a special three-course tea ceremony that subtly conveys the Bai philosophy of life.

For the first course, tea leaves are placed in a small clay jar and held over a fire until they become yellow and charred. The bitter taste symbolizes the hardship we must all endure before finding contentment in our careers.

For the second course, new water is added and boiled again before being poured into a bowl with walnuts and brown sugar. The tea's sweetness is a reward for enduring the earlier bitterness, and shows that there is no true joy in this life without struggle.

For the third course, the boiling tea is poured into a bowl filled with Sichuan pepper and honey. The tea is at once bitter, sweet, and spicy, but with a sublime aftertaste, which teaches us that even when presented with myriad challenges we should always face them with hope and equanimity.

Happy Chinese New Year from the Wild & Bare Co. Team.

Please feel free to forward this card, and the story of the Bai Tea Culture, to any friends who love China, Nature, or Tea.

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The Power of Pu-erh

This weekend we are talking about Pu-erh: The King of Teas. Rich in history, full of taste, and low in caffeine! All images are from the Wild & Bare Co. Catalog and were taken by David Hartung. If you'd like to enjoy a free, complete PDF version of the catalog, go to our website at www.wildandbare.com and click on "Download Catalog" at the bottom of the homepage.

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Ban Zhang Redux

Another image of the precious 2009 Imperial Ban Zhang, a pu-erh tea from the mountainous regions of Ban Zhai, China that has a deep, clean, exquisite floral aroma with a touch of honey.

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